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Vernors Ginger Ale

Vernors Ginger Ale


Vernors Ginger Ale - Vernors is "The Original Ginger Soda" and it has been in production since 1866, making it a true American Classic.  Featuring a barrel aged, bold taste, Vernors Ginger Ale, although some say ginger soda, has a sweet, mild ginger bite that is absolutely refreshing.

About Vernors: Our Nations oldest ginger soda, Vernors Ginger Ale, was created over 130 years ago. Many of today's soft drinks take an understandable pride in their histories, but they all must bow to Vernors.

In the mid 1800’s a golden colored ginger ale was being imported from Belfast, Ireland and was becoming quite popular throughout the United States (ginger ale would be the nations most popular soft drink for about seventy years). At nineteen-year-old, a young man named James Vernor began experimenting with his own ginger ale recipe. After 4 years he was able to discover just the right selection of secret ingredients to create Vernor’s Ginger Ale.

Mr. Vernor would offer his golden ginger ale to his drug stores soda fountain patrons for the next thirty years (all good drug stores had a soda fountain) However, Vernor's Ginger Ale was not an overnight success (at least not on a large scale). In fact, it would not be until 1896 that there was enough business to open a small plant. It was there that Mr. Vernor, along with his nineteen-year-old son, James Vernor II, (the companies only employee) blended, aged, bottled, and distributed Vernor's Ginger Ale. Vernors extract at the time was aged in oak cask for four years before it was ever used to produce the soft drink. This process of aging in oak would continue until at least the 1980's. Although during Prohibition golden ginger ales sales fell dramatically because of its association with liquor Vernors was able to survive. From there Vernors would grow to the point of Vernors becoming synonymous with ginger ale.

J. Vernor Davis (James Vernor’s nephew) did an excellent job in running the company in the 1950’s before attracting a group of investors who in 1966 purchased Vernors. However, without family running the company, it did not fair as well. Vernors was sold to American Consumer Products in 1971, then to United Brands in 1979 who ended bottling operations at the Detroit plant in 1985. In 1987 they would sell Vernors to A & W Brands. A & W itself was bought by Dr Pepper/Cadbury in 1993, and in 1996, Dr Pepper merged with 7Up.

Vernors Ginger Ale Ingredients

Ingredients: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative)

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 12 fl. oz. Servings per Container: 1 Amount per serving: Calories 150; Sodium 25mg; Total Carb. 39g; Sugars 39g

Product Details

Packaging: 24 - 12 oz cans
Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping: Currently, item(s) only ship within 48 contiguous United States
Item #: 2400463
UPC: 078000180169

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (based on 18 reviews)

Showing 1 - 5 of 18 Reviews:

by D.R. Perry
on 1/19/2015
For years I would have insisted on giving Vernors a SIX star rating out of five for its "stand out on its own," level of quality.  Like so often happens in today's markets, the high quality that I craved, and still do, was changed for, who knows what reasons, and has left myself and all my family hoping that there will be a "retro" effort to bring that special strength and kick Vernors used to have for all those years. I first tasted it while living in Florida 40 yrs ago and have never really ENJOYED a soft drink so much before or since. I now live in Wyoming and can find it readily enough in Utah when I visit there but I still wait for the day when it will be as strong and flavorful as it was before the syrup no longer was aged in oak barrels as in the original recipe. We still buy it for special occasions and family get-to-gethers! PS,-(try adding it in good eggnog or with  quality vanilla ice cream for a head turning float!)
by Rick
on 12/4/2014
Wish they didn't change the recipe! It use to taste like GINGER.....now it has a slight ginger taste! 
by G Williams
on 11/10/2014
This isn't the drink I drank as a child
This not the ginger Ale that I drank as a child through adulthood.  I grew up in Detroit and I know what Vernor's ginger ale taste like.  This new stuff by Dr. Pepper is ginger soda not Ale.  It is close but, not the same. If it was the original drink it would be Vernor Ginger Ale, not Vernor ginger Soda on the label. 
by Philip B Cox
on 12/27/2013
Lt Col Retired
My story begins in 1948.  My mother passed away and I went to live with my aunt in McKeesport Pa.  While there my cousin and I would go to local store and buy the big bottles of Vernors Ginger Ale.   Years passed and as I grew up I forgot about it.  This passed year my wife and I were driving back to Pa and we stopped at a rest stop in Ohio and looked in Vending machine and there was Vernors Ginger Ale for sale.  Mt wife had never tasted it before and was immediately hooked on the taste. In Pa we bought as many cases as the store had to take back to Yukon Oklahoma.  Than this Christmas a friend of 70 years sent me a gift of four cases which we are enjoying at the present time.  The taste brings back all the memories of growing up in Pennsylvinia.  Best Christmas I've ever had.  Thank you.
by Patrick
on 9/23/2013
I grew up in Michigan. I love Vernors. It's the only soda I buy. I live in Florida now. 

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